Opelousas police have arrested two police officers accused of obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office stemming from an investigation into a conspiracy to commit felony theft, the department said in a news release.
Opelousas police officer Yolanda Lewis, a six-year veteran, and Ville Platte police officer Nicholas Frank, with the office for one-year, both were booked into the Opelousas City Jail Monday, Opelousas police spokesman Darren Zachary said in the release Monday night.
The alleged conspiracy involved Yolanda Lewis’ husband, Quinn Lewis, and at least three other people suspected in a theft investigation in Ville Platte, Zachary said.
The investigation led to Opelousas, where some of the stolen items were hidden.
Investigators found that Yolanda Lewis and Frank met with the suspects and coached them into making statements that would keep Quinn Lewis out of jail, Zachary said.
Yolanda Lewis, 34, 1006 E. Laurent St., and Frank, 29, 2233 Ledoux Circle, were each booked with obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office.
Quinn Lewis, 36, also of 1006 E. Laurent St., was booked with conspiracy to commit felony theft, possession of stolen goods and obstruction of justice.